In An Abbey Garden - Poem, Ballyhaunis in Co. Mayo

In An Abbey Garden


Hart's tongue, rusty-back, maidenhair,

Fern folk swaying in the summer air;

Streamflow, riverrun, weirwater fall

Rushings and ripplings by the mossgrown wall.


Blackbird, songthrush, in noonday sun,

Pipings and warblings, notes as one;

Glottal-stop, cadence-flow, sweet birdtalk,

Sacramental hymn of the leafroofed walk.


By Michael Hensey